What to Look For: Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Jay Cutler #6 and the Chicago Bears offense line up against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at LP Field on August 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns' fourth preseason game will take place in just a couple of hours when they take on the Chicago Bears. I will be watching the game on tape delay later tonight, but the game threads are scheduled to post automatically. The first half thread goes live at 6:30 PM, and the second half thread goes live at 9:25 PM. While there isn't a lot to look for in the final preseason game, I've still listed a few things after the jump.

  • I disagree with the first-team unit not seeing any action in the final preseason game. Considering how bad the Browns played on the road last week, it would be nice to see Colt McCoy and company run the West Coast Offense for two-three series. I don't anticipate that happening, but I think it would be the right thing to do. It would also give the Browns a chance to get Mohamed Massaquoi some work in live-game action before the Bengals game.
     
  • The Browns have not been showing too much of their ground game early in games, and I don't think they need to work on it against the Bears. I view the running game like this: either it works, or it doesn't work. I think it works, and I'd rather not see Peyton Hillis suffer some freak injury.
     
  • The latest word on Joshua Cribbs doesn't have me confident that he'll play against the Bears, but if he does, I would put him in for a couple of series on kickoff and punt returns. He hasn't faced an opposing team in that role once this preseason, and I still always believe in re-inforcing a level of comfortability before the regular season.
     
  • The biggest position battle on the roster might be one that I neglected to mention the other day: Armond Smith vs. Quinn Porter. Barring a waiver wire pickup, one of those guys are going to make the final 53-man roster until Brandon Jackson is able to return to work. Smith had the early lead in camp with his blazing speed, but he has a ball security issue. We only saw Porter a little bit last week, but I liked some of the things I saw from him. These guys should probably alternate from start to finish.
     
  • Will we see Usama Young play at all? It'd be great to finally get an evaluation on him.
     
  • Punter Richmond McGee could make or break his roster chances here. If he has another smooth game like he did last week, that will be the consistency the coaching staff is looking for as they head into the regular season.
     
  • The Browns spent extra time this past week working on special teams drills. Will we see any noticeable improvements this week?
     
  • The team does not practice on Friday, and cuts are due by Saturday. What are you looking for in tonight's game, besides everyone staying healthy?
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